Long Beach State had such high expectations entering last season, but who could blame them, since they did have four seniors in their starting lineup.
Well, the 49ers managed to make it to the NCAA tournament, but lost in the very first round. Even with all of the departures from last year’s team, including Casper Ware, Long Beach State still has very high expectations, at least that is according to their very tough out-of-conference schedule.
The 49ers will kick of their season on Nov. 10 against North Alabama. However, after that game it gets much harder for them.
Things will cool down a little bit for the 49ers. That is until they will have to face Syracuse and Ohio State on the road, and once again in consecutive games, but wait there’s more. Long Beach State is also scheduled to play UCLA on the road Dec. 18.
Let’s just take a look at those teams a little closer. The Trojans may not be the toughest matchup in the world, but they do still play in Pac-12. As for Ohio State and Syracuse, those are top 10 teams. Arizona, UCLA and North Carolina aren’t too far behind, being ranked pretty high in all of the preseason polls.
It is pretty absurd that the 49ers will play five ranked teams in their out-of-conference schedule, but Long Beach State must have a lot of faith in its team. Whether the case, this team will have one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules in the 2012-13 college basketball season.
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